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Closure of Post-Study Work (PSW) route: Call for evidence

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration has launched an inquiry into the closure of the Post-Study Work (PSW) route for international students. The PSW route allowed non-EU graduates to seek employment in the UK for up to two years after their studies, and was closed by the Home Office in April 2012.

Collecting evidence

The inquiry will examine the effect of the changes to this visa category on universities, students and local economies. It seeks comments on the following questions in particular:

• What has been the impact on international student numbers or demographic profile?

• What has been the impact on businesses and universities?

• Has there been any wider economic or social impact at local/regional level or nationally?

• How has the closure of the PSW route been viewed internationally? Has it had any implications for foreign trade and commerce or wider diplomatic relations?

• What approach have our competitors in the international student market taken to post-study work opportunities?

Call for submissions

The APPG on Migration is seeking written submissions from parliamentarians, universities, businesses, charities, students, lawyers, local government, employers, trades unions and other sources of relevant evidence. Individuals who have direct experience of the impact of the changes to the visa category, as well as support organisations and advisers, are particularly invited to share their views.

AGCAS response

AGCAS members are invited to contribute to an official AGCAS response to the inquiry. Please contact  Jenny Blakesley, AGCAS Vice-President and Director of LSE Careers, with feedback for the official AGCAS response by the 1 September 2014.

AGCAS members are also free to respond individually via the APPG on Migration website or directly to by the closing deadline of 30 September 2014.

Download the inquiry outline

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